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Wall Street Journal: Merkel calls on Iran, Russia to curb Syria’s assault

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on February 22 urged Russia and Iran to rein in Syrian forces’ offensive against a rebel-held suburb of Damascus, calling the attacks a massacre. The comments come hours before a possible vote by the United Nations Security Council on a resolution for a 30-day ceas...

The Moscow Times: Iraq returns 27 Russian children home from Islamic State

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The Iraqi government has returned 27 Russian children and four women suspected of terrorist ties to their homeland. Around 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State (IS) fighters have reportedly been held in Iraq since U.S.-backed forces recaptured the city of Mosul last year. M...

RFE/RL: Strikes hit Syria’s Ghouta for fifth day as UN pleads for cease-fire

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Warplanes have bombed eastern Ghouta — the last rebel enclave near Syria’s capital, Damascus — for a fifth straight day as the United Nations pleaded for a halt to one of the fiercest air assaults of the seven-year civil war. More than 300 shells hit eastern Ghouta, killing 13 p...

RFE/RL: US warns ‘significant transactions’ with Russian military could face sanctions

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The United States has warned governments around the world that they could face sanctions over any “significant transactions” they make with Russia’s military, senior U.S. officials have said. The warnings officials disclosed on February 21 to reporters in Washington follow the U...

RFE/RL: Russia opposes US bid to condemn Iran over supply of Yemeni arms

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Russia is opposing a bid by the United States and its allies to include language condemning Iran for allegedly violating an arms embargo imposed on Yemeni rebels in a United Nations resolution renewing that embargo this month. “We don’t like condemnations at all, in general,” Ru...

Voice of America: White House looking at new sanctions against Russia

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Senior White House officials say the Trump administration is looking at additional sanctions against Russia and is on guard for possible meddling in November’s congressional elections. Republicans and Democrats have criticized President Donald Trump for not imposing Congress-approved sanctions ov...

Associated Press: Trump again attacks Obama over Russia

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President Donald Trump is again attacking his predecessor, suggesting he should have done more to prevent Russian election meddling. Trump said on Twitter Feb.21: “Question: If all of the Russian meddlings took place during the Obama Administration, right up to January 20th, why aren’t they the s...

UNIAN: Luxembourg says Budapest’s policy might cost Hungary EU membership

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn says the policy of the Hungarian government might cost the country its EU membership. In an interview with the Hungarian edition of Magyar Magyar Nemzet, he said that Hungarian policy defied EU principles. Read more here.  The post UNIAN: L...

New York Times: Poland’s nationalism threatens Europe’s values, and cohesion

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The young mayor of this small town deep in eastern Poland is extremely proud of its new Italian fire engine, which sits, resplendent, next to a Soviet-era one. Nearby, the head of the elementary school shows off new classrooms and a new gymnasium, complete with an electronic scoreboard. All of th...

Financial Times: Facebook distances itself from Russian meddling comments

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Facebook is distancing itself from a senior executive’s comments that the primary purpose of the Russian disinformation campaign in the 2016 presidential election was to sow division in the US, not to swing the race to Donald Trump. A spokesperson for the social network said Rob Goldman, vice-pre...

Bloomberg: Latvia signals Russia may be interfering in banking crisis

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The banking crisis engulfing the tiny nation of Latvia has turned into a potential diplomatic incident, as Riga points the finger at Moscow. Read more here.  The post Bloomberg: Latvia signals Russia may be interfering in banking crisis appeared first on KyivPost.

Voice of America: Trump quotes Obama to minimize Russian influence on 2016 election

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U.S. President Donald Trump waged a new attack February 20 on the notion that Russian interference tipped the 2016 presidential election in his favor, quoting former President Barack Obama as saying shortly before the vote that there was no evidence anyone could rig the outcome. Read more here.  ...

BBC: The Russian guns for hire dying in Syria

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The deaths of at least five Russian fighters in Syria on 7 February exposed the operations of a shadowy group of mercenaries there. Some reports speak of more than 100 Russians killed in one battle. The BBC Russian Service has investigated how and where Russian guns for hire have been killed in S...

Washington Post: Russia and the US just defused a potential crisis in Syria — and showed us how t...

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Last week, mainstream media reported that dozens of Russians died fighting U.S.-backed Syrian forces. Let that sink in. Reporters attributed the casualties to a U.S. airstrike, raising the possibility of a direct and deadly Russian-American clash. At a minimum, it tells us that the creeping inter...

Reuters: UN chief urges global rules for cyber warfare

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LISBON – UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on Feb.19 for global rules to minimize the impact of electronic warfare on civilians as massive cyber attacks look likely to become the first salvoes in future wars. Read more here. The post Reuters: UN chief urges global rules for cyber...

Reuters: Foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey and Russia to prepare Syria summit

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MOSCOW – The foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey will meet in Kazakhstan in two weeks to prepare the ground for an Istanbul summit on Syria, the TASS news agency cited Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying on Feb.19. Read more here.     The post Reuters:...

Politico: Conservatives urge Trump to grant pardons in Russia probe

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After months of criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, President Donald Trump’s supporters are issuing increasingly bold calls for presidential pardons to limit the investigation’s impact. Read more here. The post Politico: Conservatives urge Trump to grant pardons in Russia p...

Bloomberg: Russia warns US not to ‘play with fire’ in Syrian conflict

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the Trump administration not to “play with fire” as he lashed out at the US over what he described as its “provocative” support for autonomy-seeking Kurds in Syria. Read more here. The post Bloomberg: Russia warns US not to ‘play with fire’ in Syrian ...

Washington Post: Fact-checking Trump’s error-filled tweetstorm about the Russia investigation

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In a tweetstorm that started late Saturday and continued into Feb.18, President Trump railed against the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Here’s a quick guide to his many misstatements and misleading claims in this Twitter barrage. Read more here. The post Washington Post...

112.ua: 2 American destroyers enter Black Sea

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Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) joined USS Ross (DDG 71) in the Black Sea to conduct maritime security operations, the 6th fleet of the U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and Africa informed. Read more here. The post 112.ua: 2 American destroyers enter Black Sea appeared...